News from February...2006

GM Wins District 10 AAA Tournament with Record Five Champs
Ryan Cook Named District 10 Coach of the Year

It was a weekend of firsts for General McLane wrestling. Clay Steadman, Brandon Saraceno and Eric Zelina all won their first District 10 titles. It was the first time the Lancers ever crowned five District 10 champions in one year. It was the first time GM ever had eight wrestlers qualify for Regionals, and it was Ryan Cook's first time to be named District 10 Coach of the Year.

Five General McLane wrestlers made the District 10 AAA Finals at McDowell Saturday, and amazingly, all five won. Eric Zelina, Brandon Saraceno, Donald Osinski, Hadley Harrison and Clay Steadman all won titles. Kyle Goss, Keith Scharrer and Shawn McFadden took thirds and also qualified for the NW Regional Tournament.

Eric Zelina beat Prep's Anthony Blaszczyk 4-1 in the quarter finals and won 5-2 over Corry's Doug Jones in the semis. In the finals Eric met Warren's top seeded Dan Pascuzzi for the third time this season. Pascuzzi owned two one point wins over Eric from earlier meetings at Tool City and the GM Duals. Eric struck for a takedown early to take a 2-0 lead. Pascuzzi escaped in the first, then again in the second period to knot the score at 2. Pascuzzi was clinging to a 4-3 lead with a few ticks left on the clock when he was nailed for stalling. That sent the two wrestlers in to overtime where Zelina countered a shot, with a snap down and spin behind for a 6-4 win.

At 130 Lbs. Brandon Saraceno scored two falls on his way to the finals where he met first seeded, Greg Tenney of Oil City. Brandon gave up the first takedown in the bout, but scored a reversal to make it 2-2. Saraceno added an escape then put on an unbelievable show of determination as he rode Tenney out for the entire third period for a 3-2 win and his first District 10 title.

At 135, Donald Osinski pinned Conneaut Lake's Lucas Morian in the quarter finals round and got by Prep's Nick Milano 3-1 in the semis. Osinski met old rival, Alex Lauffenburger in the finals. The two had split a couple low scoring, one point nail biters earlier in the season. Neither wrestler was able to score on the other in the opening period, but Donald got two points in the second when he came out on top with a very hard earned switch. Lauffenburger made the score 2-1 when he escaped in the final period with 40 seconds remaining. Donald staved off a couple of late takedown attempts to earn his second consecutive District 10 crown.

Hadley Harrison became the Lancers fourth champ when he went 3-0 at 140 lbs. Harrison scored two takedowns and an escape to beat Conneaut Lake's Cash Horne, 5-1 in the finals. Clay Steadman won his first two bouts by fall and then made it a perfect 5-0 finals round for the Lancers when he earned an exciting, come from behind 4-2 win over Corry's Ryan Smith in the finals.

Keith Scharrer qualified for Regionals at 103 lbs. Scharrer pinned Corry's Derek Snapp in the quarter final round, but then dropped to the consolation brackets when he lost a 9-3 decision to Prep's Rocco Welleck. Keith came roaring back with two pins to take third place.

Senior, Kyle Goss earned his first trip to Altoona with a 3-1 overtime win over Conneaut Lake's third seed, Kory Hubbard. Hubbard had won two previous meetings between the two.

Shawn McFadden became G.M.'s eighth Regional qualifier when he eked out a 2-1 decision over Conneaut Lake's Kris Tursky in the consi finals. It was sweet revenge for McFadden who dropped a 1-0 decision to the Laker less than a month ago.

Manley Lupher and Lou Decker just missed qualifying for Regionals by finishing 4th. Manley made the consolation finals when he knocked off third seed, Nick Enders of Titusville, 1-0 in the consolation semis. Decker lost two close bouts to finish fourth. He dropped a 5-2 decision to eventual runnerup, Alex Hamilton (Meadville) in the semis and then lost in the consolation finals to Corry's Dana Goodwill, 4-3.


Notes From the District 10 Tournament:

Hadley Harrison became the first McLane wrestler to reach 40 wins this season when he beat Cash Horne in the finals. Only two other GM wrestlers ever scored 40 or more wins in a season and they are Hadley's brothers, Hudson (40) and Hayden (41). Hadley should easily break the record of 41.

Donald Osinski's win over Alex Lauffenburger in the finals was his 39th this year. It was also the 117th of his career. Osinski just passed Tom Kirdahy (116) for third position on the all-time wins list.

The GM wrestlers combined for 15 falls at the District tournament. That brings the team total to 182 for the season, fifth best in the state according to PA Sports Beat. The only other Lancer wrestling team to post more falls in a single season was the 2002-03 team with 190. The GM wrestling team also finished the regular season ranked 18th in the state by Off the Mat.

Kyle Goss racked up two pins at Districts, his 25th and 26th. He is now in second position behind Frank Myers (27) for most pins in a single season. If Goss can get one more pin at Regionals he would tie a record that has stood for 23 years. Kyle also moved into the record books for "Season Wins". He now has 35 and is the 19th wrestler in McLane history to compile 34 or more wins in a season.

It was disappointing to see Lou Decker not make it out of Districts. Lou was ranked 24th in the state and piled up 32 wins with 17 pins this season. Lou was in a tough weight class that easily had four Regional caliber wrestlers. But Lou is a junior and will get another shot a District title.

Congratulations to Eric Zelina, Brandon Saraceno and Clay Steadman on their first District 10 titles. Zelina had to come from behind to win his finals bout over a tough, Dan Pascuzzi. It was great to see Brandon Saraceno finally won a District crown his senior year. Saraceno has been on fire for the past month, but in my opinion, wrestled the best match of his life in the finals. He just wouldn't quit against a very tough opponent and came out on top because he left everything he had on the mat in that match. Great job Brandon. Clay Steadman also posted a come from behind win over Corry's Ryan Smith. But most impressive is the fact that Steadman was told he would be out for the entire season in December. Clay overcame all the odds when he got back in the lineup in January. He only had 11 matches to get ready for the post season and ended up winning the 171 lbs. District title. Amazing!

Congratulations to Ryan Cook for being named District 10 AAA Coach of the Year. It was a well deserved honor. Coach Cook has put his heart and soul into the McLane wrestling program and it shows.

Seniors, Brian Clark and Ben Rucker saw their high school wrestling careers come to an end at Districts this weekend. Thanks to these two wrestlers for some great memories. Ben Rucker came up with some big wins for the team this year and did an admirable job of filling in at weight class where most of his opponents were 20-25 lbs. heavier than he was. The fans always enjoyed watching Brian Clark's matches. Clark was the kind of wrestler who showed no fear on the mat and always went full bore, which made for some exciting bouts.


Team Scores: 1. General McLane 189, 2. McDowell 133.5, 3. Erie Prep 119.5, 4. Conneaut Lake 107, 5.Corry 103, 6. Warren 101, 7. Titusville 68, 8. Meadville 66, 9. Oil City 62, 10. Franklin 53, 11. Strong Vincent 40, 12. Erie Central 6

2006 District 10 AAA Finals

103-Steve Mancuso (McD) dec Rocco Welleck (Prep) 12-7
112-Joe McCullough (Prep) wb tech fall David Pondel (Titusv) 16-0
119-Bobby Steetle (Frankl) dec Steve Zoni (Prep) 7-2

125-Eric Zelina (GM) dec Dan Pascuzzi (War) 6-4 (OT)
130-Brandon Saraceno (GM) dec Greg Tenney (OC) 3-2
135-Donald Osinski (GM) dec Alex Lauffenburger (War) 2-1
140-Hadley Harrison (GM) dec Cash Horne (Con Lake) 5-1
145-Bryan Towers (Meadv) pinned Kevin Ochalek (OC) 2:47
152-Jason Ardillo (Prep) dec Jake Jurkiewicz (Str Vinc) 4-3
160-Nathan Kucnick (McD) dec Alex Hamilton (Meadv) 4-2
171-Clay Steadman (GM) dec Ryan Smith (Cor) 4-2
189-Jonathon Wentz (Prep) pinned Jeremy Little (McD) 1:09
215-Nick Roussin (Cor) pinned Jordan Heberle (Con Lake) 2:55
275-Kyfer Rumburd (War) maj dec Charles Wilson (McD) 11-2

Consolation Finals

103-Keith Scharrer (GM) pinned Cody Bump (Frankl) 4:09
112-Kenny Hammer (McD) dec Matt Laird (Con Lake) 12-6
119-JC Hammond (Cor) pinned Manley Lupher (GM) 2:58
125-Matt Lewis-Jones (McD) dec Joe Amato (Meadv) 7-1
130-Clint Copeland (Con Lake) pinned Robby Rick (Cor) 1:54
135-Nick Perrine (Frankl) maj dec Nick Milano (Prep) 13-2
140-Joe Anderson (Titusv) dec Tim Meahl (Str Vinc) 3-2 (OT)
145-Brandon Eck (Cor) dec Jordan Easter (Str Vinc) 10-6
152-Ryan Ochalek (OC) maj dec Matt Morian (Con Lake) 11-0
160-Dana Goodwill (Cor) dec Lou Decker (GM) 4-3
171-Tom Fredericks (War) dec Terry Sedney (McD) 12-9
189-Kyle Goss (GM) dec Kory Hubbard (Con Lake) 3-1 (OT)
215-Kurt Ledebur (Titusv) dec Nolan Martin (War) 4-0
275-Shawn McFadden (GM) dec Kris Tursky (Con Lake) 2-1


Individual Wrestlers at the 2006 AAA District 10 Tournament

103-Keith Scharrer

QF-Scharrer pinned Wes Wolf gang (OC) 3:28
SF-Rocco Welleck (Prep) dec Scharrer 9-3
Cons SF-Scharrer pinned Derek Snapp (Cor) 2:51
Cons F-Scharrer pinned Cody Bump (Frankl) 4:09

Tournament Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for Regionals


112-Cyrus Parlin

QF- Parlin pinned Ladon Miller (Str Vin) 3:05
SF-Joe McCullough (Prep) tech fall Parlin 19-4
Cons SF-Ken Hammer (Prep) dec Parlin 3-2

Tournament Record: 1-2 (DNP)

119-Manley Lupher

Prelim-Lupher pinned Tyler Meahl (Str Vinc) 5:17
QF-Bobby Steetle (Fr) maj dec Lupher 13-3
Cons QF-Lupher dec Dave Engel (McD) 5-3
Cons SF-Lupher dec Nick Enders (Titusv) 1-0
Cons F-JC Hammond (Cor) pinned Lupher 2:58

Tournament Record: 3-2 (PLACED 4TH)


125-Eric Zelina

QF-Zelina dec Anthony Blaszczyk (Prep) 4-1
SF-Zelina dec Doug Jones (Cor) 5-2
F-Zelina dec Dan Pascuzzi (War) 6-4 (OT)

Tournament Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals

130-Brandon Saraceno

QF-Saraceno pinned Matt McCullough (McD) :54
SF-Saraceno pinned Clint Copeland (CL) 4:51
F-Saraceno dec Greg Tenney (OC) 3-2

Tournament Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals


135-Donald Osinski

QF-Osinski pinned Lucas Morian (CL) 3:29
SF-Osinski dec Nick Milano (Prep) 3-1
F-Osinski dec Alex Lauffenburger (War) 2-1

Tournament Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals

140-Hadley Harrison

QF-Harrison pinned Neal Heagy (MdV) 2:46
SF-Harrison pinned Tim Meahl (Str Vinc) 2:51
F-Harrison dec Cash Horne (CL) 5-1

Tournament Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals


145-Brian Clark

Prelim-Clark pinned Josh Krueger (CL) 1:45
QF-Bryan Towers (Mdv) maj dec Clark 10-2
Cons QF-Andy Travis (War) dec Clark 3-1 (OT)

Tournament Record: 1-2 (DNP)


152-Dale Sanders

Prelim-David Pierce (War) dec Sanders 6-4
1st Cons-Sanders dec Dustin Kucnick (McD) 1-0
Cons QF-Matt Morian (CL) maj dec Sanders 14-0

Tournament Record: 1-2 (DNP)


160-Lou Decker

QF-Decker maj dec Brent Williamson (Str Vin) 10-2
SF-Alex Hamilton (Mdv) dec Decker 5-2
Cons SF-Decker maj dec Brad Bostjancic (War) 12-4
Cons F-Dana Goodwill (Cor) dec Lou Decker 4-3

Tournament Record: 2-2 (PLACED 4TH)


171-Clay Steadman

QF-Steadman pinned Jake Bell (Titus) 5:53
SF-Steadman pinned Terry Sedney (McD) 4:27
F-Steadman dec Ryan Smith (Cor) 4-2

Tournament Record: 3-0 (PLACED 1ST)
Qualified for Regionals


189-Kyle Goss

QF-Goss pinned Delbert Liller (Cor) 2:59
SF-Jonathon Wentz (Prep) dec Goss 10-4
Cons SF-Goss pinned Dean Heagy (Mdv) :50
Cons F-Goss dec Kory Hubbard (CL) 3-1 (OT)

Tournament Record: 3-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for Regionals


215-Ben Rucker

QF-Rucker won by inj def Adam Berkey (Mdv)
SF-Jordan Heberle (CL) dec Rucker 3-0
Cons SF-Nolan Martin (War) dec Rucker 15-8

Tournament Record: 1-2 (DNP)


275-Shawn McFadden

QF-McFadden dec Matt Knapp (Mdv) 5-2
SF-Kyfer Rumburd (War) maj dec McFadden 11-3
Cons SF-McFadden dec Frank Vento (Prep) 4-0
Cons F-McFadden dec Kris Tursky (CL) 2-1

Tournament Record:3-1 (PLACED 3RD)
Qualified for Regionals




McLane Wrestlers Fall to Bisons 31-28

The McLane wrestling team fell to Fort LeBoeuf in their final dual meet of the season on Senior Night at General McLane High School. LeBoeuf and GM both won seven weight classes. But the Bisons made the most of their wins, piling up big bonus points in 4 of their 7 victories (including 3 pins). The dual started at 140 lbs. and much like their last match against DuBois, the Lancers appeared to have things under control through the 189 bout. That's when the Bisons began their run of bonus point wins that made the difference.

At 140 lbs., Donald Osinski used a first period takedown and a bar arm combination in the second to take a 5-0 lead over Kyle Klapthor. Donald escaped in the final period and dropped immediately to a single leg for another takedown. He took Klapthor to his back three times and just missed a technical fall, winning 14-0. Hadley Harrison wrestled at 145 and took Mike Hull to the mat early, for a 2-0 lead. He spent the first period working cross-face cradles and bar arms, but couldn't turn the stubborn Bison. Harrison went on to post a 10-4 win.

At 152, Brian Clark was down 2-0 when Kurt Lindburg countered his takedown attempt. Clark was in a 2-0 hole until the third when he escaped 54 seconds into the period, making it 2-1. Lindburg took Brian to the mat again and it looked like Lindburg would get the win at that point. But Clark exploded for a reversal, took Lindburg to his back and ended up winning a 6-5 thriller. At 160 lbs. Lou Decker hit a double leg on Wes Stull for a 2-0 lead. Stull escaped but Lou went right to his legs again and dropped the Bison to the mat to make it 4-1. Decker took control in the final two periods and posted a solid 10-5 decision.

The bout at 171 between Clay Steadman and veteran CJ Church may have been the most exciting of the evening. Church caught Steadman flat footed and got the first takedown on a nice single for a 2-0 lead. Clay escaped before the end of the first to close the gap to 2-1. Church chose down in the second period. Steadman was able to hang in there through some intense scrambles and rode Church out. Steadman chose bottom in the final period, hit a nice stand up and escaped with 59 seconds remaining to make it 2-2. That sent the bout into overtime. Church tried to execute a throwby and had Steadman's head locked, but Clay stepped over his opponent's leg. The two wrestlers were at the edge of the mat and Steadman looked like he would pop his head out for control at any moment. Suddenly the official awarded Church a takedown. That brought Coach Cook out of his chair and to the head table for a conference with the official. Unfortunately, the call stood and Church was awarded the takedown and a 4-2 overtime win.

Kyle Goss hit a couple of nice inside trips to take a 4-0 first period lead over Andrew Church at 189. Goss added another takedown in the second stanza, then flattened Church with an inside trip and a chancellor at the 3:34 mark to make the team score, 19-3 in favor of GM. LeBoeuf's state ranked Adam Farrell got the Bisons rolling when he scored a fall over Ben Rucker at 215. Then Josh Williams got unexpected bonus points when decked Shawn McFadden at 275. That made it GM-19 LeBoeuf-15.

At 103, Keith Scharrer countered Killian Hiner's shot and scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead in the opening period. The turning point of the bout came in the second period, when Hiner reversed Sharrer and nearly pinned him in a spladle. Hiner won, 5-2. That got the Bisons to within one point of the Lancers, 19-18. Fort LeBoeuf took it's first lead of the match when Kory Hiner ran up a 13-5 major decision over Cyrus Parlin at 112 lbs. LeBoeuf-22 GM 19.

At 119, Joe Zimmerman, in his ninth varsity appearance wrestled a smart match and held veteran, Ray Moritz to a 7-1 decision. The Bisons increased their lead to 25-19. Eric Zelina brought the Lancers back when rattled off several takedowns and used a tilt to score an 11-1 major decision over Tom Woodward at 125 lbs. That made the team score FLB-25 GM-23.

Fort LeBoeuf put the match out of reach when they sent state ranked Steve Waite out at 130 lbs. Waite pinned Glen Sult in the second period. That gave the Bisons an insurmountable 31-23 lead. Brandon Saraceno dominated Randy Smith in the final bout, nearly pinning the Bison's 135 pounder a couple of times. Saraceno scored a 15-0 technical fall. Final: Fort LeBoeuf-31 General McLane-28.


Notes From the Final Dual Meet:

The McLane wrestling team ends the dual meet season with a 17-5 record. While losing three straight at the end of the season was disappointing, it should be noted that 4 of the 5 losses GM suffered this year were to state ranked teams (Lewistown-AAA 14th, Easton-AAA 3rd, DuBois-AAA 9th and Fort LeBoeuf- AA 20th). The only other loss the Lancers suffered was the first dual of the season to a very tough McDowell team, before several wrestlers returned from a successful football campaign.

The General McLane wrestling team moved up two spots to #15th in the state, according to the latest Off The Mat rankings. They also finished the regular season with 167 falls, that ranks in the top five in the state according to PA Sports Beat.

Congratulations to Eric Zelina, Brandon Saraceno and Lou Decker. All three GM wrestlers secured win number 30th against Fort LeBoeuf. Six Lancer wrestlers have 30 or more wins this season. Kyle Goss racked up pin number 24 against the Bisons' Andrew Church. That ties Kyle with Hayden Harrison for the #3 spot for "Most Falls in One Season". Only Luke Harrison (25) and Frank Myers (27) have more.

Congratulations to Brian Clark who made his way into the GM record books. Brian's last escape was his 60th. That ties him for 10th on the all-time "Career Escapes" list.

A big THUMBS UP to Coach Ryan Cook. Coach Cook, in only is second season as Head Coach did an outstanding job of getting the most out of his wrestlers and making General McLane the envy of District 10 AAA. The GM assistant coaches also deserve a ton of credit. They are an excellent crew and every one of them has had a positive impact on the wrestling program.

Best of luck to all of our wrestlers in the post-season.


Fort LeBoeuf 31 General McLane 28
140-Donald Osinski (GM) maj dec Kyle Klapthor 14-0
145-Hadley Harrison (GM) dec Mike Hull 10-4
152-Brian Clark (GM) dec Kurt Lindburg 6-5
160-Lou Decker (GM) dec Wes Stull 10-5
171-CJ Church (FL) dec Clay Steadman 4-2 (OT)
189-Kyle Goss (GM) pinned Andrew Church 3:34
215-Adam Farrell (FL) pinned Ben Rucker 3:26
275-Josh Williams (FL) pinned Shawn McFadden 3:44
103-Killian Hiner (FL) dec Keith Scharrer 5-2
112-Kory Hiner (FL) maj dec Cyrus Parlin 13-5
119-Ray Moritz (FL) dec Joe Zimmerman 7-1
125-Eric Zelina (GM) maj dec Tom Woodward 11-1
130-Steve Waite (FL) pinned Glen Sult 2:35
135-Brandon Saraceno (GM) tech fall Randy Smith 15-0



GM Loses a Tough One to State Runnerup, Easton at PIAA Duals
Drops Out with Close Loss to #16 DuBois

Friday at Giant Center, the McLane wrestlers showed everyone they are capable of competing with the best AAA teams in the state. They dropped their opening round match to perennial powerhouse, Easton 41-25. But if a couple of key swing bouts had gone their way, GM could well have beaten Easton and advanced to the quarterfinal round. Hadley Harrison lost a 7-5 decision to #3 Braylin Williams, Kyle Goss dropped a 9-7 OT heartbreaker after leading for most of the bout, and Ben Rucker was winning his match against Chris Wilson when he got caught in a bout ending headlock.

The match started at 140 pounds where #5 Hadley Harrison faced off against #3 Williams. Hadley was the most offensive of the two wrestlers, but Williams scored first on a nice throwby. Williams increased his lead to 5-1 in the second period, but Hadley clawed his way back into the bout and made it 7-5. Harrison was in deep and trying to finish a single leg takedown late in the third period, when the official inexplicably called a stalemate. That cinched it for Williams. Colin Dailey scored a major decision over Brian Clark at 145 and Jules Knighton pinned Dale Sanders at 152. That made the score, Easton-13 GM-0.

At 160 lbs. Lou Decker hit a high-c on Joe Piro. Piro caught Lou in a cement mixer and took him to his back for a 5-0 lead. Decker escaped, shot in on another high-c and stuck Piro at the 1:21 mark. Clay Steadman snatched a single leg against Keenan Walls. Walls tried to sprawl, but Steadman just slid up to Walls' waist, went to a bear hug and took him to his back for a 5-0 lead. Clay increased his lead to 7-0 with another takedown in the second period. In the third, Steadman escaped, snapped his opponent to the mat & spun behind for his third takedown and a 10-0 major decision. Easton-13 GM-10.

At 189, Kyle Goss countered a standing headlock with an inside trip and took a 2-0 lead over Cory Rutt. Rutt escaped to make it 2-1 at the end of one period. Kyle escaped at the start of the second to go up 3-1, then hit another inside trip to make it 5-1. Goss cut Rutt hoping for another takedown, but Rutt scored a takedown of his own, to cut Goss's lead to 5-4. Rutt escaped in the third to tie the score 5-5, then scored again on a snap down to make it 7-5. Goss tied the match at 7 with a reversal just before the buzzer. But Rutt secured the winning takedown in overtime when he counterd Goss's throw attempt.

Chris Wilson nailed Ben Rucker with a headlock in the first moments of their bout, but Rucker body locked Wilson, rolled through it and took a 2-0 lead. Rucker was riding and in control of Wilson in the second period when the two wrestlers ended up in a scramble. Rucker got out of position for a moment and Wilson reached back, hit another headlock and took Ben to his back. This time Rucker couldn't escape from it. Easton-22 GM-10. Shawn McFadden dominated Easton's heavyweight, Mike Varju and racked up a workmanlike 7-2 win. Easton-22 GM-13.

At 103 lbs., Keith Scharrer ran into #1 ranked Jordan Oliver. Scharrer gave it a great effort. He was trying to finish a single, but Oliver hipped the Lancer over and pinned him at the 2:56 mark. Kegan Handlovic scored a tech fall over Cyrus Parlin at 112 to make it 33-13, Easton. Brandon Veres also scored a technical fall over Manley Lupher at 119 lbs. Easton held a commanding 38-13 lead at that point. Eric Zelina wrestled tough at 125 lbs. against 3rd ranked Russ Souders. Souders was only able to score a takedown and an escape, but that was enough for a 3-0 win. Easton-41 GM-13.

The Lancers finished strong in the last two bouts. Brandon Saraceno may finally get the state wide attention he deserves. He decked state ranked (#7) JuJu Drummond at 130 lbs. After a scoreless first period, Brandon scrambled for a reversal and a 2-0 lead in the second. He threw in his signature leg ride and then served up a perfect banana split for the pin at 3 minutes, 33 seconds. At 135, Dandy Don Osinski used a single leg takedown to take a 2-0 lead over Tevin Gibson. Osinski ran up a 7-0 lead before pinning Gibson in 3:50. Final, Easton-41 GM-25.


DuBois Eliminates Lancers From State Team Duals

The McLane wrestling team appeared to be on the way to their first ever win at the State Team Duals Friday in Hershey. Their match against D9 Champ, Dubois was going according to plan, if not better after the 189 lbs. bout. GM won the coin toss and the first three bouts to take a 15-0 lead against the Beavers.

Brian Clark struck first with a solid 4-1 win at 152 lbs. Lou Decker followed with a huge pin at 160 to give the team a 9-0 advantage and Clay Steadman won by injury default over Dom Palumbo, adding 6 more to the team total. Ben Rucker did an admirable job of holding state ranked (#3) Mario Morelli to an 11-0 major decision at 189. GM led 15-4 at that point and looked like they were going to roll to a big win. But then things began to unravel.

The first setback came at 215 lbs. Coach Cook sent Kyle Goss, the team's leading pinner out against Andy Bennett in a calculated gamble. Rucker had survived Morelli's onslaught at 189 and a pin at 215 would put McLane in the driver's seat. Bennett scored first with a takedown at the end of the first period to take a 2-0 lead. In the second stanza, the two wrestlers were in a scramble and Kyle got caught underneath the heavier wrestler. The result was a pin for Bennett and 6 points for the Beavers. GM-15 DuBois-10. Shawn McFadden was unable to mount an offense against tough heavyweight, Matt Moorhouse and dropped a 3-0 decision. Keith Scharrer wrestled well and helped the McLane effort by holding 17th ranked, Nick Wykoff to a 10-4 decision at 103 lbs. Wykoff had pinned Scharrer at the Tool City Tournament earlier in the season. DuBois took a 16-15 lead.

Ethan Swope secured a 10-3 decison over Cyrus Parlin at 112, and David Whitaker beat Manley Lupher 12-4 at 119 lbs. GM was behind, 23-15 at that juncture, but things still looked good, since the strength of the Lancer lineup was coming up. The second setback came at 125 lbs, where Nick Centra, who came to Hershey with a modest 13-14 record, managed to pull off a 9-8 double overtime upset over Eric Zelina. That gave the Beavers an 11 point lead. Brandon Saraceno helped the Lancers close the gap to 26-21, when he pinned Justin McAninich at 130 lbs. GM only had 5 points to make up with Sult, Osinski and Harrison coming up. A Lancer win still seemed likely.

But then the final setback came at 135. Glen Sult got the first takedown against Eric Lundgren to take a 2-0 lead. But Lundgren caught Sult out of position and pinned him to get the Beavers their 11 point lead back with only two bouts to go. At that point the Lancers were in the unenviable position of needing two pins against two very good DuBois wrestlers. With Osinski and Harrison both wrestling up one weight class, it wasn't likely to happen. Donald Osinski got his 35th win of the season when he posted a workmanlike, 1-0 decision over Zach Bussard at 140 lbs. Hadley Harrison followed with a 6-1 win over 9th ranked, Zach Lundgren at 145. But it just wasn't enough. Final Score, DuBois-32 GM-27.

Notes From the State Team Duals:

The McLane wrestling team was ranked 17th by the latest Off the Mat state rankings. DuBois was 16th and Easton 3rd (Easton finished 2nd at the State Team Duals). The GM team had a respectable showing against state runnerup, Easton and lost a very close match to DuBois. Those performances should cement their status as one of the state's top 20 teams. The loss to DuBois was disappointing, but the McLane wrestlers should be proud of themselves for their effort this weekend. If a couple of close bouts gone their way, both losses could have been wins. They represented District 10 well. Congratulations to the General McLane wrestlers and Coaches.

The GM wrestling team scored more points on Easton than any other team at the State Duals (with the exception of Upper Perkiomen, who Easton lost to). Council Rock North scored 18, Cumberland Valley 15, and Penn-Trafford 19. Cumberland Valley and Penn-Trafford were top 10 teams.

The McLane team also added 5 pins to their season total. They now have 166.

Donald Osinski got win #34 and 35 on the season at the Team Duals. Osinski became the only wrestler in the history of the wrestling program to win 30 or more matches 3 years in a row. He also passed Branden Stearns on the Career Wins list. Donald has 113 career wins, 4th best ever. Donald also entered the record books in another category this weekend. He got his 20th fall of the season over Easton's Tevin Gibson. Osinski became just the 10th Lancer wrestler to record 20 or more falls in a single season. He just missed the books with 19 last year.

Hadley Harrison got his 36th win of the season in Hershey. Only 5 other wrestlers have won more bouts in a single season. Hadley could very well break the record of 41 before the end of the year.

Congratulations to Brandon Saraceno for his big win over Easton's 7th ranked, Ju Ju Drummond. Brandon didn't just beat one of the state's top wrestlers, he pinned him. A side note: Ju Ju Drummond beat Reynolds' Steve Nestor 3-1 in OT earlier this year in the finals of the Manheim Tournament.


Easton-41 General McLane-25
140: Braylin Williams (E) dec. Hadley Harrison (GM) 7-5.
145: Colin Dailey (E) maj. dec. Brian Clark (GM) 10-0.
152: Jules Knighton (E) pinned Dale Sanders (GM) 2:46.
160: Lou Decker (GM) pinned Joe Piro (E) 1:21.
171: Clay Steadman (GM) maj. dec. Keenan Walls (E) 10-0.
189: Cory Rutt (E) dec. Kyle Goss (GM) 9-7 OT.
215: Chris Wilson (E) pinned Ben Rucker (GM) 2:59.
275: Shawn McFadden (GM) dec. Mike Varju (E) 7-2.
103: Jordan Oliver (E) pinned Keith Scharrer (GM) 2:56.
112: Kegan Handlovic (E) tech. fall Cyrus Parlin (GM) 16-1.
119: Brandon Veres (E) tech. fall Manley Lupher (GM) 15-0.
125: Russ Souders (E) dec. Eric Zelina (GM) 3-0
130: Brandon Saraceno (GM) pinned JuJu Drummond (E) 4:33.
135: Don Osinski (GM) pinned Tevin Gibson (E) 3:50.


DuBois 32 General McLane 27
152: Brian Clark (GM) dec. Justin Lunger (D) 4-1.
160: Lou Decker (GM) pinned Seth Nelson (D) 1:31.
171: Clay Steadman (GM) inj. def. over Dom Palumbo (D) 1:46.
189: Mario Morelli (D) maj. dec. Ben Rucker (GM) 11-0.
215: Andy Bennett (D) pinned Kyle Goss (GM) 2:02.
275: Matt Moorhouse (D) dec. Shawn McFadden (GM) 3-0.
103: Nick Wykoff (D) dec. Keith Scharrer (GM) 10-4.
112: Ethan Swope (D) dec. Cyrus Parlin (GM) 10-3.
119: David Whitaker (D) maj. dec. Manley Lupher (GM) 12-4.
125: Nick Centra (D) dec. Eric Zelina (GM) 9-8 OTR.
130: Brandon Saraceno (GM) pinned Justin McAninch (D) :24.
135: Eric Lundgren (D) pinned Glenn Sult (GM) 1:41.
140: Don Osinski (GM) dec. Zach Bussard (D) 1-0.
145: Hadley Harrison (GM) dec. Zach Lundgren (D) 6-1.


Lancers Steamroll Over Grapepickers 55-15

The McLane wrestling team tuned up for the State Duals Wednesday evening by easily disposing of North East, 55-15. It was the Lancer's 17th dual meet win of the season.

The match started at 103 lbs. Keith Scharrer hit a nice single leg on Tony Langdon for a 2-0 lead and never looked back on his way to an impressive 10-0 major decision. Cyrus Parlin got the first takedown in a back and forth bout with Christian Drain. Cyrus was clinging to a 6-5 lead when he escaped in the 3rd period and hung on for a 7-5 win.

Matt Gregory, North East's leading pinner got the Grapepickers to within a point of the Lancers when he pinned Manley Lupher with only 28 seconds remaining in their bout. Manley was wrestling very well and had a 5-4 lead at the time. GM-7 NE-6. At 125, Eric Zelina hit a lightning fast sweep single for a takedown and a 2-0 lead over state ranked Jeff Langdon at 125 lbs. In the second period, Langdon escaped to make it 2-1, but Eric scored on another single leg to make it 4-1. Zelina put the match away when he locked up a double bar arm combination and scored 3 back points for a 7-1 lead. He went on to post a solid 9-3 decision.

At 130 lbs., Brandon Saraceno scored a takedown in the first period with a front headlock and spin behind on Zach Duda. Saraceno threw a leg in, hipped over and scored his 11th fall of the season moments later. Donald Osinski took a 2-0 lead over Cody Warr when he took the Grapepicker down with a very uncharacteristic, fireman's carry. In the second period, Donald hit a double leg, then went right to a half nelson for the pin at 3:08.

Hadley Harrison piled up several takedowns against Kevin Post. He took a commanding 11-2 lead into the second period, then used a barbed wire to secure his 22nd pin of the year at the 3:08 mark. Brian Clark wrestled a great match against Corey Kimmy and had a 7-1 lead at one point. Unfortunately, Clark got caught in a headlock that ended the bout. GM-28 NE-12.

Dale Sanders was also the victim of a headlock in his bout with Brian Elchynski at 152 lbs.. He managed to hold on, but was in a 5-0 hole at the end of one period. Dale wrestled the match of the night after that. He went after his opponent and scored 7 points in the next two periods to tie the score at the end of regulation. Sanders went out in the overtime period and hit a double leg takedown for a 9-7 win. At 160, Lou Decker made short work of his match with Kyle Case. Decker hit a double leg takedown, then worked in a double bar arm for a fall at 1:25.

Clay Steadman dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Jordan Fargiorgio in the last contested bout of the evening. Steadman had several near takedowns, but wasn't able to finish them as Fargiorgio used the edeg of the mat to his advantage. North East forfeited the final three weight classes to make the final team score, GM-55 NE-15.

Now, it's on to Hershey!!!


Notes From the North East dual:

The Lancers added 4 more pins against North East. That brings their season total to 161. That's still 4th best in the state according to Pa Sports Beat.

Hadley Harrison got his 117th career win over Kevin Post. That moves him into 2nd place on the all-time wins list. Congratulations Hadley. Donald Osinski pinned Cody Warr for his 111th career win. Donald is now the 5th winningest Lancer wrestler ever and is only one win away from tying Branden Stearns for the #4 spot.

Eric Zelina should be the next GM wrestler to join the 30 win club. Eric got win number 29 against state ranked (#12 AA), Jeff Landon. Lou Decker is on a pinning tear again this season. Lou racked up 14 pins in jr. high and 12 his freshman year. But slipped to only 8 during his sophomore campaign. Decker recorded his 15th fall of the season against North East bringing his career total to 35. Lou has flattened 8 of his last 10 opponents.

My pick for Wrestler of the Dual against North East is Dale Sanders. Dale was trying to work an underhook in the first period of his bout with Brian Elchynski, when he got caught in a devestating headlock and was taken to his back. Dale survived the period, but was down 5-0. He clawed his way back into the match and tied it 7-7 as time expired. Elchynski landed on Dale's ribs just as the clock ran out forcing him to take an injury time. Sore and exhausted, Dale somehow managed to hit and finish a double leg shot in overtime to win 9-7. It was an awesome display of grit and determination.


General McLane 55 North East 15
103-Keith Scharrer (GM) maj dec Tony Langdon 10-0
112-Cyrus Parlin (GM) dec Christian Drain 7-5
119-Matt Gregory (NE) pinned Manley Lupher 5:32
125-Eric Zelina (GM) dec Jeff Langdon 9-3
130-Brandon Saraceno (GM) pinned Joe Duda 1:55
135-Donald Osinski (GM) pinned Cody Warr 3:11
140-Hadley Harrison (GM) pinned Kevin Post 3:08
145-Corey Kimmy (NE) pinned Brian Clark 3:09
152-Dale Sanders (GM) dec Brian Elchynski 9-7 (OT)
160-Lou Decker (GM) pinned Kyle Case 1:25
171-Jordan Fargiorgio (NE) dec Clay Steadman 4-3
189-Kyle Goss (GM) won by forfeit
215-Ben Rucker (GM) won by forfeit
275-Shawn McFadden (GM) won by forfeit



Lancer Wrestlers Get Win Number 16 Over Conneaut Lake

The McLane wrestlers, fresh off two big wins at the D 10 Team Duals, kept the big red machine rolling Thursday night at Conneaut Lake. The Lancers won 9 of 14 weight classes, five of them by fall and two by major decision. Keith Scharrer, Manley Lupher, Eric Zelina, Donald Osinski and Lou Decker all pinned their opponents. Hadley Harrison and Brian Clark scored major decisions.

The match started at 275 where Shawn McFadden and Kris Tursky battled in a low scoring bout. Tursky escaped in the second period, then rode Shawn out to get the first win of the night for the Lakers. Keith Scharrer got McLane on the board at 103 lbs. He used a nice throw by for a first period takedown and took Cass Custard to his back later in the period for a 5-0 lead. Keith reversed Custard in the second to go up 7-0, then locked up a cradle for three more back points. Scharrer finally decked Custard with 31 seconds remaining in the second, giving his team a 6-3 lead.

Matt Laird tied the team score at 6 with a 5-2 decision at 112. But at 119 lbs. Manley Lupher started a run of 6 consecutive GM wins. Lupher used a headlock to take Tyler Thomas to his back in the opening period for 5 points, but Thomas was able to roll through for a reversal. Manley caught Thomas in a double grapevine in the second period and flattened him at 2:39. Eric Zelina piled up three first period takedown to grab a 6-2 lead over Sam Jurako. Eric escaped and scored another takedown 12 seconds into the second, to go up 9-2. Zelina ended the bout when he pancaked Jurako to his back at the 2:52 mark.

At 130, Brandon Saraceno nailed Clint Copeland with a quick takedown. The two then traded reversals. Brandon led 4-2 at the end of one period. Saraceno kept Copeland on the mat in the second, then hit a reversal in the third, for a solid 6-2 win. Donald Osinski took Lucas Morian to the mat with a bear hug early in their bout, cut him and then hit another takedown for a 4-1 lead. Donald stretched Morian moments later for his 18th pin of the year. GM-27, Lake-6.

Hadley Harrison completely dominated state ranked, Cash Horne at 140 lbs. Hadley took Horne down and to his back repeatedly for a 13-0 major. Brian Clark hit three nice firemans and a headlock to take a 9-2 first period lead over Josh Krueger at 145. Clark went on to post a wild 19-7 major decision to put McLane on top by a score of 35-6.

Matt Morian got Lake on the board again with a major decision at 152, but Lou Decker countered by scoring a first period pin over Dan Tursky. Clay Steadman hit a nifty single leg 50 seconds into his bout with Jon Smith. Steadman ran his record to 7-0 with a 2-0 decision. Kory Hubbard won a decision over Kyle Goss at 189, but it wasn't an easy one. Goss was on the short end of a 7-0 score when he stopped a Hubbard shot with a front headlock, pancaked the Laker and nearly pinned him. Hubbard was able to weather the late storm and walked off with a 10-5 win. The Lake got their last win at 215, but it wasn't enough. McLane-44, Conneaut Lake-16.


Notes From Conneaut Lake:

The GM Team added 5 more falls to bring their season total to 157. That's still 4th best in the state (according to PA Sports Beat). The win over Conneaut Lake secured second place in Region 4 for the Lancers. They also have the satisfaction of beating McDowell for the AAA Team Championship, leaving no doubt who's has the best AAA team in the Region!

The Lancer wrestlers also racked up their 16th win of the season last night. Only two other G.M. wrestling teams have ever won more matches in a season. The 1982-83 team had 18 wins and the 2002-03 team (who were also District 10 Team Champs) had 23.

Hadley's win at Conneaut Lake was the 116th of his career. That ties him with Tommy Kirdahy as the second winningest wrestler in McLane history. Only Hayden Harrison has more.

Donald Osinski secured his 110th career win. That ties him with Hudson Harrison for #6 on the All-Time Wins list.

Second year Head Coach, Ryan Cook already has 28 coaching wins. He hasn't even finished his second season and is more than 1/4 of the way to 100 coaching wins! WOW!


General McLane 44 Conneaut Lake 16
275 Kris Tursky (CL) dec Shawn McFadden 1-0
103 Keith Scharrer (GM) pinned Cass Custard 3:29
112 Matt Laird (CL) dec Cyrus Parlin 5-2
119 Manley Lupher (GM) pinned Tyler Thomas 2:39
125 Eric Zelina (GM) pinned Sam Jurako 2:52
130 Brandon Saraceno (GM) dec Clint Copeland 6-2
135 Donald Osinski (GM) pinned Lucas Morian 1:09
140 Hadley Harrison (GM) maj dec Cash Horne 13-0
145 Brian Clark (GM) maj dec Josh Krueger 19-7
152 Matt Morian (CL) maj dec Dale Sanders 10-0
160 Lou Decker (GM) pinned Dan Tursky 1:54
171 Clay Steadman (GM) dec Jon Smith 2-0
189 Kory Hubbard (CL) dec Kyle Goss 10-5
215 Jordan Heberle (CL) dec Ben Rucker 10-3

General McLane 10-1 (Region 4), 16-2 (Overall)





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